Tennis for All

Posted on December 14, 2013 under Days Ahead | Be the First to Comment

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An experienced tennis player in mid-serveJoin us at the start of 2014 on Sunday 26th January, 3pm – 5pm,  for a spot of free tennis coaching. Here’s a great opportunity for dads and children together to enjoy some tennis coaching from Andrew Griffiths and his team at Tennis Hereford. A great chance for everyone from complete beginners to regular players to get some tips on technique. We’ll finish up with a short tournament at the end to suit all abilities. Suitable for ages 6 and above, although if you have a younger child who already plays tennis, then bring them along too. Please book your places here.

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Gingerbread Dad

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A group of dads and children mix the ingredients for gingerbread menFor some, it was a first baking experience, and for many, it was their first experience baking with gluten-free, wheat-free ingredients. The resulting Christmas-themed cookies weren’t suggestive of amateur chefs, however. Take a look at the photos of the day. Our thanks to Julie and family for putting together the recipe and ingredients and managing the melee. And thanks to the Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grant that has supported us throughout 2013 to help enable events such as this one. Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from Days Out With Dad!

Christmas Baking

Posted on November 17, 2013 under Days Ahead | Be the First to Comment

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A girl displays the cakes she has madeCome and join us in St Weonard’s on the afternoon of Sunday, 8th December for some Christmas-themed baking. Julia Thomas, local author and baker of award-winning cakes, will be guiding dads and children through the steps to make, bake and decorate our very own creations. All cakes will be dairy, wheat and gluten free. This is a great opportunity to let your artistic side come out, get in seasonal mood, and maybe even take back a surprise, mouth-watering gift for mum. Spaces will be strictly limited on this event, so please book via this link. £5 / child. Dads go free.

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Hot off the press…

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A boy grooms a llama in a barnA big thank you to Tiger, who joined us to visit the Llamas with his dad in September, and who wrote a fantastic report on his experience there for his local newsletter. Great to have your feedback, Tiger! Do remember to leave us your impressions of our events. You can always use the “Be the first to comment” link at the top of a post, or you can send us an email. We’re forever glad to hear more about your experiences, both positive and otherwise.

Dads in deep water

Posted on October 24, 2013 under Days Gone By | Be the First to Comment

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Dads and children in a group shot in a swimming pool, waving at the cameraThere must be relatively few physical events where a dad would expect to be beaten by his primary-school age children. But our freestyle workshop in the Haberdashers’ pool in Monmouth on Sunday 20th October proved there is always an exception. Instructor, Sharron Stevenson, and colleagues put dads and children through their paces as they endeavoured to improve their stroke techniques. 8 families enjoyed the workshop and while children chatted freely during rests at the pool ends, dads did their best to catch their breath prior to the next exercise. The balance was redressed a little during fun relays and games of water polo, and all enjoyed a free play session to complete a rewarding 2 hours in the water. Our thanks to Herefordshire Community Projects Grant for match funding the event. Have a look at some pictures of the afternoon.

Freestyle Workshop

Posted on October 5, 2013 under Days Ahead | Be the First to Comment

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A boy in a pool swimming freestyleDo you struggle with your front crawl? Perhaps you only swim breast stroke  because just one length front crawl will leave you gasping for air? Or maybe you’re a full-on triathlete who just wants to perfect their stroke? Are your children still learning to swim and need a helping hand when it comes to front crawl? Or are they already elite swimmers in their age group and wanting to improve their personal best time? Well – on Sunday 20th October, 2.45pm – 5pm, we will host a freestyle technical workshop in Monmouth that will have you all in the pool together. We have 3 qualified instructors busy crafting a unique session to help you whatever your ability. Come along, jump in and enjoy the fun. There will be time for free play in the pool afterwards. As ever, this is NOT for children only – dads will be in the pool learning alongside them – even those who haven’t exercised or dabbled their toes in a pool for many a year … £5 / head. Places limited: book your place now.

UPDATE: WE HAVE REMOVED THE REQUIREMENT FOR SWIMMERS TO BE ABLE TO SWIM A LENGTH – NOW OPEN TO ALL ABILITIES

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A llama day gone by

Posted on September 27, 2013 under Days Gone By | Be the First to Comment

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A boy feeds a llama with grain from a bowl while his dad watches overIt’s not every day you make new friends – rarer still for them to be llamas. But a day out with dad can easily take you off the beaten track, and 17 families discovered just that on Sunday 15th September when they visited a local farm in Ewyas Harold. Fast-moving children as young as 2yrs take a little getting used to if you’re a llama, but calm eventually settled over the flock as some serious grooming and hair-styling ensued. Llamas then showed off their agility skills as dads and children led / cooerced them round a mini-obstacle course, before returning to their pen for some well-deserved food – fed to them by a willing bunch of carers. Thanks to Old King Street Farm for an experience to remember. And why not check out the photos of the day?

Leap of Faith… Leapt

Posted on September 6, 2013 under Days Gone By | Be the First to Comment

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A group of blinfolded children and dads follow an outdoor trailThe “Leap of Faith” (a jump from a tall tree) was just one of the challenges faced by dads and children at the “Wild Weekend” in August. Blindfold trails, mud baths, fire-starting, den-building, zip wires, shooting and archery were all in the mix, as well as night-time walk in the woods and an overnight stay in a round house – likely to have been a first for the majority! Twenty-nine dads and children enjoyed the experience. More photos here.

Here’s a llama, there’s a llama

Posted on August 6, 2013 under Days Ahead | Be the First to Comment

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2 llamas posing for the cameraWhat’s 6 feet tall, woolly, curious, gentle… hums, groans and gargles with a South American accent yet lives surprisingly near you? Not to mention having made a recent appearance on BBC Countryfile alongside Julia Bradbury!

Answer: Herefordshire’s very own llama herd. Choose between the morning or afternoon of Sunday 15th September 2013, when you have a chance to join us on one of Herefordshire’s latest “must-do” activities. Catch, halter and groom your own llama before leading them on a gentle stroll through the glorious southern Herefordshire countryside. Book now to secure your place, as numbers are limited by the availability of willing llamas. £5 per head (including adults and children). Please note that certain elements of this activity are wheelchair accessible – contact us for further information. This activity is offered with thanks to the kind support of a Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grant.

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A Tug In The Right Direction

Posted on August 5, 2013 under Days Gone By | 2 Comments to Read

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8 dads try to beat 20 children at tug-o-warYou can’t beat freedom from your parents. But that’s exactly what 34 children aged 2 to 11 managed to enjoy over a weekend’s camping in North Herefordshire in mid July. Fourteen families converged for a beautiful weekend in open countryside to enjoy camp fire cooking, tug-o-war, rounders, tag rugby, rope swinging, quarry exploring and much more. And in case you’ve ever wondered how many dads it would take to pull 20 children over, we can now tell you. The answer is eight. Take a look at some of the pictures of the weekend.